What Is Feeding Therapy?
Feeding therapy helps children who have difficulty eating or swallowing foods safely. Every child will have unique goals to achieve in feeding therapy, so a thorough evaluation must be completed. Some feeding problems include:
- Refusing to eat
- Difficulty swallowing (Aspiration & Oral-motor weakness/coordination)
- Feeding developmental milestone delays
- Food/texture aversions
- Food selectivity
- Anxiety at mealtimes
What Is Feeding Therapy Like?
The therapist will ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for your child to conduct feeding therapy. Therapists will educate children about how to eat different foods while encouraging them to try foods with new textures and tastes. Therapists will also help parents encourage children to self-feed and broaden their food selection.